Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on Man Utd star Marcus Rashford – ‘Cristiano-like!’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compared Rashford’s free-kick to Ronaldo’s (Image: GETTY)

Marcus Rashford’s free-kick for Manchester United against Chelsea was reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Portsmouth in 2008.

That’s the verdict of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford scored a double at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup as United made it through to the quarter-finals.

The two goals came either side of half-time, and were separated by a neat finish from Michy Batshuayi.

It was United’s third win in a row in all competitions, as they look to turn the corner on their terrible start to the season.

Rashford’s free-kick won the tie for the Red Devils 20 minutes from time, and was immediately likened to Ronaldo’s famous effort against Portsmouth.

The young forward lined the ball up 35 yards out in the centre of the park, before smashing home into the top corner, giving Willy Caballero no chance.

And Solskjaer was highly complimentary of the free-kick, and praised Rashford’s mentality.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a similar free-kick against Portsmouth in 2008 (Image: GETTY)

“It’s Cristiano-like, isn’t it?” Solskjaer joked. “The boy has got nerves of steel, he takes the penalty no problem.

“Then he steps up and hits the ball like he does, no problem, and wins us the game. Fantastic!

“He always scores great goals, Marcus. He practises and today he got his reward. He’s got a great mentality and a great character.

“I told him this morning ‘if we get a penalty, you take it. Just make your mind up where you’re going to put it and hit it as sweet as you like’.“

Rashford refused to take all the credit for the spectacular strike, however, as he put it down to the balls used in the Carabao Cup.

“It was the balls,” he said. “In training, when we trained with them, when you shoot, with that up and down motion, they can go anywhere and thankfully today it went in the top corner.

“It’s a positive day. Very, very tough game and we’re happy to come away with a 2-0 win (it was 2-1).”

“For me, the second goal was the one that killed the game because we’ve been there before when we’ve been at 1-0 and they do put a lot of pressure on you.

“We’ve come away with draws and losses from those games, so I always feel it’s the second goal that kills the game.”

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